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Delta-8 THC: Hemp's Psychoactive Cannabinoid

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Delta-8 THC is undoubtedly hemp's most prominent psychoactive cannabinoid. Many people know about CBD, the calming, non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is now common in shops across the United States. Cannabis plants, including hemp, contain at least 113 distinct cannabinoids, which includes CBD and delta-8. But what is delta-8 THC, where does it come from, and how does it affect us? 

Delta-8 THC: Where does it come from?

Delta-8 THC, also commonly referred to as D8, is a cannabinoid that causes psychoactive effects such as euphoria and relaxation. These effects are much milder than those of delta-9 (D9), the dominant cannabinoid that occurs in marijuana plants. D8 occurs naturally in small amounts within various cannabis plants, including hemp.

By rearranging the molecular structure of hemp-derived CBD, laboratories are able to create D8 in large quantities. This allows us to make use of D8 for creating products like vapes, gummies, and even tinctures.

 

What are the Effects of Delta-8 THC?

D8 and D9 are both forms of THC, so they both cause changes in the way we experience the world around us. They can induce euphoric effects, along with relaxation, sleepiness, or happiness. D9 is the most potent form of THC, and sometimes causes side effects such as paranoia or anxiety. Those looking for the benefits of THC who are prone to these effects have much to gain from using D8, which is far less likely to cause paranoia. 

The effects of delta-8 THC hemp cannabinoids can vary depending on the terpenes we formulate it with, if any. Terpenes are plant-derived, ultra-concentrated liquids that give products like our vapes their varying flavors and effects. For example, our Sour Tangie D8 vapes are tart, citrusy, and uplifting, while our Purple Punch vapes are herbal, candy-like, and sleep-inducing. With heavy use, however, delta-8 users can expect a drowsy, relaxed state of bliss.

 

Are Delta-8 THC Hemp Cannabinoids Legal?

The United States federally legalized hemp products in the 2018 USDA Farm Bill. Our D8 complies with the farm bill by containing less than 0.3% D9 THC, which we ensure through lab tests. However, delta-8's legal status is complicated by the fact that several states have passed laws restricting or banning its use. This tool provides an up-to-date map outlining D8's legality in the USA, so check your state laws and exercise your best judgement. 

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